Wearables for Older Adults: Requirements, Design, and User Experience

  • Robert KlebbeEmail author
  • Anika Steinert
  • Ursula Müller-Werdan


Wearable technologies have increasingly gained popularity during the last few years. In the medical field, prevention, diagnosis, and rehabilitation are relevant application fields that promise great potential. However, most of these devices are predominantly adapted to the needs of younger target groups who are already familiar with intelligent technologies. Older adults, on the other hand, often have poor access to technology, which derives from a low belief in technology control and competence as well as sensory, physical, and cognitive impairments. This specific target group thus has special needs on the design and usability of wearable technologies. Especially for a self-determined lifestyle, wearables can support older adults in the process of learning health-related skills for self-management and health-related behavior in the context of chronical and age-associated diseases. In this book chapter, the authors present insights that provide current research on older adults and wearable technologies. The results of requirement analyses, laboratory tests, and pilot studies with different quantitative and qualitative methods are presented and discussed. Specific requirements and suggestions are presented, relevant to researchers, designers, and developers working with the target group of older adults.


Older adults Wearables Acceptance Usability Motivation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Klebbe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anika Steinert
    • 2
  • Ursula Müller-Werdan
    • 1
  1. 1.Geriatrics Research GroupCharité – Universitätsmedizin BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Geriatrics Research Group Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, GermanyTallinnEstonia

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